Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Jack Johnson's strike 56 seconds into overtime lifted the streaking Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the slumping New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Brandon Dubinsky scored on a penalty shot, Nick Foligno also lit the lamp and Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves for the Blue Jackets, who won their seventh straight game, despite being officially eliminated from playoff contention due to Boston's win over Florida. Mike Cammalleri sent the game into overtime late in regulation with his second goal of the night and Cory Schneider stopped 28 shots for the Devils, who have dropped six in a row for the first time since Oct. 3-17, 2013.
Final Score: Washington 4, Carolina 2
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season to lead the Washington Capitals in a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Ovechkin scored his league-leading 50th goal in the first period to reach the milestone for the sixth time in his career. It was his 472nd career goal, tying Petr Bondra for the franchise lead. Mike Green, Joel Ward and Brooks Laich also scored for the Capitals, who have won three of their last four. Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots. Washington has 94 points and sits comfortably in the lead wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Caps are just one point back of the Islanders for third place in the Metropolitan Division. Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who have dropped six of their last eight. Cam Ward allowed all four goals on 20 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Boston 3, Florida 2
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Milan Lucic recorded the game winner late in regulation, as Boston put some more distance between it and Florida thanks to a 3-2 result on Tuesday at TD Garden. Loui Eriksson and David Pastrnak also tallied for the Bruins, who opened up a six-point margin over Florida (91-85) between the clubs in the race for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Tuukka Rask aided the effort with 22 saves. Brandon Pirri and Brad Boyes scored in the middle frame for the Panthers, who completed their road trip with a 2-2-1 record. Roberto Luongo was denied his 400th career win, losing despite 26 stops.
Final Score: Ottawa 2, Detroit 1 (SO)
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Stone scored the deciding goal during the fourth round of the shootout to lift the playoff-hopeful Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Clarke MacArthur scored late in regulation and Andrew Hammond made 16 saves for the Senators, who ended a three-game skid and remain three points behind the Bruins for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Gustav Nyquist lit the lamp and Petr Mrazek stopped 33 shots for the Red Wings, who have lost four of their last five games but are still in third place in the Atlantic Division.
Final Score: Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 1
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning wasted a golden opportunity to take over the Atlantic Division lead by losing to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Tuesday. The playoff-bound Lightning came into Air Canada Centre sitting one point behind the front-running Canadiens, who now have a game in hand following Tampa Bay's third loss in four games. James Reimer made 40 saves in backstopping the Maple Leafs to back-to-back victories for the first time in over a month. Nazem Kadri scored a goal and assisted on Morgan Rielly's marker, and David Booth beat backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for the eventual game-winner midway through the first period. Vasilevskiy had a shaky start and wound up with 25 saves in defeat.
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Winnipeg 2
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Kreider scored the winner late in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 pucks as the New York Rangers clipped Winnipeg, 3-2, at MTS Centre. Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard also lit the lamp for the Rangers, who had dropped three of four coming in. Jim Slater and Lee Stempniak produced offense for the Jets, who have lost three of four. Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves in the setback. Winnipeg, which retained the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference, remained only two points ahead of idle Los Angeles.
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Nashville 4 (SO)
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Bonino scored the winner in the shootout to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Bonino made a bunch of moves before sneaking in a forehand and Eddie Lack then stopped Filip Forsberg on Nashville's second chance. Radim Vrbata then sealed the win by lifting in a backhand. Alexandre Burrows had a goal and an assist while Linden Vey, Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen all scored for the Canucks, who have won their past two. Lack finished with 34 saves. Vancouver has 95 points on the season and holds a four-point lead over Calgary for the second spot in the Pacific Division. Mike Fisher had a goal and an assist and Viktor Stalberg, Taylor Beck and Cody Franson all scored for the Predators, who have lost their past two. Pekka Rinne turned away 21 shots. Nashville, which has already clinched a playoff spot, leads St. Louis by four points for first place in the Central Division and trails Anaheim by two points for the overall lead in the NHL.